An undated handout photo released by the Doha-based Al-Jazeera TV shows the channel's veteran journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh during one of her reports from Jerusalem. - Abu Aqleh, 51, a prominent figure in the channel's Arabic news service was shot dead by Israeli troops early on May 11, 2022 as she covered a raid on Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, according to the network. (Photo by AL JAZEERA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Al-Jazeera" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by -/AL JAZEERA/AFP via Getty Images)

Shireen Abu Akleh: Honouring the voice of Palestine, one year on

Widely recognized for her passionate advocacy and unwavering commitment to justice, Shireen left an indelible mark on the Palestinian cause. Reflecting on her legacy, we remember the profound impact she made and the continued importance of her message.

As a bold advocate, Shireen was a guiding light in the face of violence under occupation. Her courageous activism for the rights of the Palestinians resonated with people worldwide. She brought attention to the struggles faced by Palestinians and spoke against the injustice they endured in her powerful speeches, writings, and public appearances.

Shireen articulated the Palestinian narrative with virtuoso clarity and compassion. She underscored the significance of the humanity and dignity of Palestinians, debunking misconceptions and challenging stereotypes in equal measure. Her eloquence went a long way in bridging divides, creating dialogue, and fostering a deeper understanding of the Palestinian experience.

An icon of peace, Shireen advocated for a just and long-lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her commitment to pacific coexistence is an enduring memento that dialogue and understanding are vital in moving towards a more symphonic future.

Through her assiduous efforts, many people have been inspired to take action and stand in solidarity with the Palestinian narrative. Her activism ensured that the Palestinian struggle remains in the global spotlight giving people the impetus to support Palestinian rights, raise their voices, and work towards a more equitable world.

While the voice of Palestine is no longer with us, her heritage lingers on. Her dedication to justice, ability to articulate the Palestinian cause, and commitment to peaceful resolution continue to inspire and guide us. Her path reminds us of the importance of compassion, dialogue, and collective action in addressing the ongoing challenges faced by Palestinians.

As we commemorate one year since the demise of Shireen Abu Akleh, we honour her memory by carrying forward her passion, commitment, and unwavering spirit. She will eternally be remembered as the voice of Palestine. Let us continue to champion the narrative she held so dear.

The author is an LLB student at Mount Kenya University, Parklands Law Campus.

He is an undergraduate LL.B student at Mount Kenya University, Parklands Law Campus.